Hilda Marjanne

(1943) 1961                                 Hilda Marjanne                                                      

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Portland OR by Kaiser Co. Inc., Hull 43
Launched Dec 9, 1943
Built as Class T2-SE-A1 tanker Grande Ronde for U. S. Maritime Commission during World War II.  Registered at 504.0 x 68.2 x 39.2, 10448 GT, 6301 NT, US 244922.  523’6” LOA, 503’ LBP, 68’2” beam, 39’2” depth.  Sold Greek 1948 and renamed Kate N. L..  Sold 1960 to owners below. 

Converted to Great Lakes bulk freighter at Hamburg Germany by Schlieker-Werft with the addition of a new forward section forward of the machinery spaces.  Renamed Hilda Marjanne 1961 and sailed to St. Catharines ON, where she was prepared for lake service by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd..

730’ LOA, 712’5” LBP, 75’ beam, 39’3” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, oil-fired boilers, steam turbine engine, 6000 SHP

Enrolled at
713.5 x 75.3 x 34.5, 16628 GT, 12964 NT     Can 300167     to:
Leitch Transport Ltd., Toronto ON, Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., Mgr (home port Toronto ON)

Entered Great Lakes service Nov 2, 1961.  Up Welland Canal Nov 2, 1961.

Transferred 1977 to Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. 

Rebuilt winter 1983-1984 at St. Catharines ON by Port Weller Dry Docks combining the forward section of this vessel, minus her forward cabins, and the stern section of the ocean package freighter M.V. Chimo (Can 323030).

Renamed Canadian Ranger 1984 and reentered service May 6, 1984.

Converted 1988 to self-unloader at Hamilton ON.  The unloading system was designed primarily to unload grain and similar light products.

Management transferred 1990 to Seaway Bulk Carriers, St. Catharines ON, a vessel operation and  management joint venture of Algoma Central Railway and ULS Corporation to operate their straight deck vessels, ULS Corporation, Mgr.  (This vessel, a self-unloader, was included in this group since she was operated in the grain trade and not in the usual trades of the other  self-unloading vessels of the fleets.)

Self-unloader and straight deck management organizations of these firms merged 2000 into a single firm, Seaway Marine Transport, St. Catharines ON

Laid up Dec 25, 2008 at Toronto ON and did not operate again

(Fleet sold 2011 to Algoma Central Corporation, St. Catharines ON.  This retired vessel was not part of  the sale.)

Sold for scrap 2011 to Turkish shipbreakers.  Cleared Montreal QC June 10, 2011 towed by tug  Pantodynamos.  Tow arrived Aliaga Turkey July 13, 2011.

IMO 5150549 as Hilda Marjanne
        6723771 as Canadian Ranger










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